Tablets http://www.stuff.tv/my/tablets/news en-MY We wish this iPad Pro concept was real http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/we-wish-ipad-pro-concept-was-real/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3D FaceTime, a plus-size screen and a hidden camera. Apple, take note – this iPad concept ticks all the boxes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="600" height="450" title="Got screen?" alt="We wish this iPad Pro concept was real" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ipad-pro-concept.jpg?1397797207" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Interface design company Ramotion has created an iPad concept which should get even the mildest Apple fans hot under the collar..</p> <p>Dubbed the iPad Pro, the concept is a marriage between the portability of the iPad, and the larger screen and power of the MacBook Pro, and we want one. Now.</p> <p>For starters, the iPad Pro concept&#39;s 12.9in 4096 x3072 display would serve up nearly 400 pixels per inch, while offering plenty of extra room to browse the web, read documents and watch movies.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The extra screen real estate essentially provides the space of two iPad Minis, and the multi view ability with easy sharing between two open applications is something we wish Apple will bake into <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ios-8/review" target="_blank">iOS 8</a>.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="460" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/iframe/ImpossibleAbsoluteEft" width="500"></iframe><br />Two 64-bit A7 processors should be able to handle all those tasks and much, much more, and gaming at that resolution would be eyeball heaven.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ios-8/review" target="_blank">iOS 8 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="672" height="503" title="Please, make this happen" alt="We wish this iPad Pro concept was real" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-pro-concept-2.jpg?1397797207" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On the outside, the iPad Pro concept has a unique damage resistant coating over its metallic shell, while the rear 8MP camera is cleverly hidden beneath the rear Apple logo&#39;s one-way glass, providing a cleaner, less cluttered look.&nbsp;</p> <p>Speaking of cameras, the iPad Pro concept has not one, but three full HD Facetime camera&#39;s gracing its front for 3D video calls, 3D menu&#39;s and gesture controls.</p> <p>And if you think that&#39;s too far fetched then you probably haven&#39;t seen <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/amazon/amazon-smartphone-it-has-six-cameras-and-3d-screen/news" target="_blank">Amazon&#39;s leaked smartphone</a> which boasts the same functionality, thanks to its four front-facing head tracking cameras.</p> <p>The speakers have also been given a boost. There are four in each corner, and their levels can be individually adjusted for enhanced playback.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/amazon/amazon-smartphone-it-has-six-cameras-and-3d-screen/news" target="_blank">The Amazon smartphone has six cameras and a 3D screen</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="600" height="450" title="Sneaky..." alt="We wish this iPad Pro concept was real" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipadpro-cam.jpg?1397797207" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="800" height="600" title="3D-ready" alt="We wish this iPad Pro concept was real" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-pro-camera.jpg?1397797207" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="600" height="460" title="Apply directly to ear" alt="We wish this iPad Pro concept was real" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-pro-speakers.jpg?1397797207" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Even the cables and headphones have been given attention, with more durable ends to prevent bending and fraying.</p> <p>Throw in a MacBook-like charger with LED battery indicators, and we&#39;ve got one hell of an attractive package.</p> <p>Now, if only it were real...</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/design-tuesday-10-interesting-imaginings-iwatch/feature" target="_blank">The 11 most impressive iWatch concepts so far: which would you wear?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="981" height="736" title="A welcome change" alt="We wish this iPad Pro concept was real" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-pro-cables.jpg?1397797207" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="600" height="450" title="Magnets make everything better" alt="We wish this iPad Pro concept was real" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-pro-mag.jpg?1397797207" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/we-wish-ipad-pro-concept-was-real/news#comments Apple iPad Tablets Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:43:18 +0000 Elissa Loi 1435703 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony’s 2014 tablet arrives before its flagship smartphone - if you liked the Tablet Z, you’ll love this </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review " alt="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-main-apps-drawer.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony builds lovely kit. Consoles, smartphones, TVs, tablets - all with super specs, expensive materials and the best components. But it&rsquo;s never crafted a tablet that&rsquo;s more than the sum of those parts.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Waterproof </div> <div class="field-item even"> Perfect screen for movies </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Light </div> <div class="field-item even"> All day battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Expensive </div> <div class="field-item even"> No killer first/third party tablet apps </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Big bezels = a very wide tablet </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Textbook Tablet Refresh </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony&rsquo;s outgoing Xperia Tablet Z is selling for around RM1500, so what&rsquo;s in this year&rsquo;s refresh to convince us to part with a similar sum? Choice tweaks, that&rsquo;s what.</p> <p>The Z2 Tablet looks almost identical to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/sony-xperia-tablet-z/review">Tablet Z</a>, making for a fun session of spot the difference. The hardware has slimmed down half a centimetre to just 6.4mm (somehow making the 7.5mm <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-5/review">iPad Air</a> look fat) and it now weighs just 426g for the Wi-Fi-only version. That&rsquo;s ludicrously light for a 10in tablet, and even after a couple of hours arm ache won&rsquo;t be a problem for any but the feeblest of gadgeteers.</p> <p>Aside from the surprisingly powerful speakers sensibly being moved to the front of the tablet from the sides and the new placement of the now flap-free headphone jack, that&rsquo;s it for the cosmetic changes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/gallery?viewid=115912">CHECK OUT OUR FULL XPERIA Z2 TABLET GALLERY&nbsp;</a></p> <p>Like the Tablet Z, it&rsquo;s a sliver of glass and aluminium that feels almost worryingly thin, and not overly comfortable to hold, thanks to an elongated form and slight flex in the middle. The OmniBalance styling, designed to immerse you in what&rsquo;s on the screen, is finished to perfection - from the reflective skeleton frame to the statement power button, lovely to stroke matte back and artfully hidden port flaps. It&#39;s a classy design but all that fussiness is ruined by the bezels, which are huge by 2014&rsquo;s standards and make the Z2 Tablet more cumbersome than it needs to be.</p> <p>A big part of the Z2&rsquo;s appeal is its waterproofing, which is now IP58-certified (a slight improvement over the Z) so drops in up to 1.5m of water are now safe. It might be a splashproof cooking companion or a bathtime long-reads tab. Either way it means the Z2 Tablet will be more useful in more rooms of the house, and that&rsquo;s got to be a good thing. Still, with smaller, cheaper tabs here to stay, full-size tablets such as the Z2 need to work to avoid being relegated to a stay-at-home slab.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A classy design let down by big bezels " alt="A classy design let down by big bezels " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-build.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The Z2 Tablet&#039;s matte back is a fan of fingerprints " alt="The Z2 Tablet&#039;s matte back is a fan of fingerprints " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-desgin.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Don&#039;t worry, it&#039;s still waterproof " alt="Don&#039;t worry, it&#039;s still waterproof " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-headphone-jack.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Finding the microUSB port can take a while " alt="Finding the microUSB port can take a while " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-flaps.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This is What We Call a Movie Tab </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A big reason most of us want a big tablet is to give movies and TV shows the minimum space they deserve. And here the Sony shines.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s almost the same screen as the Tablet Z: a 10.1in 1920 x 1200 affair with tons of Sony&rsquo;s display tweaks - X-Reality engine, Triluminous tech and now for the Z2 &ldquo;Live Colour LCD tech&rdquo; for brighter colours. Unlike Samsung and Asus, Sony hasn&rsquo;t made the leap to 2k tablet resolutions yet, which is a shame and a bit of a surprise considering the company&rsquo;s at the forefront of 4K TV design.</p> <p>In the end all you need to know is that Sony&rsquo;s an expert on screens - this one is bright and crisp with none of the viewing angle problems that have marred Xperia phones. The 264ppi <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-5/review">iPad Air </a>is sharper for reading text and webpages, with slightly more detail when it comes to video playback, too, but otherwise the Z2 Tablet is every bit the stunner. That&rsquo;s thanks to seriously vivid colours and the kind of brightness and contrast that makes for really punchy pictures. In ultimate terms we&rsquo;d say the iPad Air produces the more realistic colours, but the vibrancy of the Sony is mighty appealing and never jarringly unnatural.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="That Live Colour LCD tech seems to be doing the trick " alt="That Live Colour LCD tech seems to be doing the trick " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-screen.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony doesn&#039;t think Spidey needs a 2k tablet screen just yet " alt="Sony doesn&#039;t think Spidey needs a 2k tablet screen just yet " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-spiderman.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Text looks sharp but the iPad Air is sharper " alt="Text looks sharp but the iPad Air is sharper " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-xperia-Z2-tablet-review-text.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apps for a 10in Sony </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Full-size tablets have to live up to more than just media bingeing potential. How? With apps.</p> <p>Whether it&rsquo;s gorgeous, creative App Store apps designed for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-5/review">iPad</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84/review">Samsung&rsquo;s huge bundle</a> of productivity freebies, Flipboard-style homescreens and subscriptions for the TabPro range, both greatly expand what you can do with a 10in tab. We&rsquo;re talking anything from manipulating virtual Korg synths to dragging and dropping Samsung files. </p> <p>Samsung overhauled its software offering because Google Play still isn&rsquo;t doing enough for 10in tablets. It&rsquo;s neck and neck for smartphone games and apps across iOS and Android but on tablets, the number of fantastic, optimised Android apps still trails the App Store. And Sony hasn&rsquo;t done enough to bridge the gap. Instead you get an almost untouched version of KitKat with only Sony&rsquo;s own Walkman, Movies, Album and What&rsquo;s New apps, and while that once would have been anathema to Android evangelists, they&rsquo;re too busy mucking about with their cheaper Nexus tabs to pay the Z2 much mind. </p> <p>That&rsquo;s not to say Sony hasn&rsquo;t taken certain steps. There are resizeable, windowed small apps for the likes of Gmail and the browser, which is a nice multi-tasking touch (particularly if you go for the Z2 Tablet&rsquo;s keyboard case) - albeit without quite the range or flexibility of Samsung&rsquo;s rival Multi Window apps. </p> <p>The closest Sony has to a compelling must-have app is the excellent universal remote, plus neat tricks such as Wi-Fi &lsquo;throwing&rsquo; of content to bigger screens. It needs more. We don&rsquo;t mean useless, gimmicky bloatware - the likes of Samsung have grown up enough to choose a few worthwhile additions to KitKat and Sony needs to keep up.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="An excellent universal remote app isn&#039;t enough " alt="An excellent universal remote app isn&#039;t enough " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-icons.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Walkman, Movies and What&#039;s New on the Z2 Tablet homescreen " alt="Walkman, Movies and What&#039;s New on the Z2 Tablet homescreen " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-homescreen-1.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performs and performs and performs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Z2 Tablet might not have that one killer feature to make us want to buy this over any other slate. But that doesn&rsquo;t mean it isn&rsquo;t a supremely reliable device in use.</p> <p>As expected, the Snapdragon 801 and 3GB of RAM combo handles everything you can throw at it with ease, from Asphalt 8 to running six small apps on top of the browser. This is a very slick tablet indeed, with high benchmark results to back up the real-world use (33782 on AnTuTu and 2030 on Geekbench 3). While we wouldn&rsquo;t recommend tilting a 10in tab to play racing games, you can hook up a DualShock PS3 controller to get your game on when surroundings allow.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no need to fear the low percentage icon when using the Z2 Tablet either. Battery life is as good as its predecessor, dropping about 10% an hour of fairly heavy use and lasting just over nine hours in our usual video rundown test (HD video loop, Wi-Fi on, half brightness). That means you&rsquo;ll rarely be reaching for the Stamina mode, a gift from Xperia smartphones, but the power saving function does make a big difference when needed.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s unlikely to be a priority when choosing a tablet but the 8MP rear camera doesn&rsquo;t let the Z2 down. It takes usable if not brilliant snaps - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z1-compact/review">Sony&rsquo;s smartphones </a>take crisper shots with better exposure but Sony&rsquo;s Superior Auto mode is on hand to change scenes as you go. The 2.2MP front camera is nice and bright for video calls, too - something lesser tabs struggle with.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Z2&#039;s 8MP rear camera takes usable if not brilliant snaps " alt="The Z2&#039;s 8MP rear camera takes usable if not brilliant snaps " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-camera.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony&#039;s battery-extending Stamina mode is there if you need it " alt="Sony&#039;s battery-extending Stamina mode is there if you need it " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-battery.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Only Sony&#039;s in-ears work with the Z2 Tablet&#039;s noise-cancelling tech " alt="Only Sony&#039;s in-ears work with the Z2 Tablet&#039;s noise-cancelling tech " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-in-ears.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="The metal keyboard accessory is just as slim as the tablet itself " alt="The metal keyboard accessory is just as slim as the tablet itself " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-keybpard.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power Up with Accessories </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We haven&rsquo;t had a chance to fully test out the Xperia Z2 Tablet&rsquo;s accessories yet but we have gone <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/mwc-2014/hands-review-sony-xperia-z2-tablet/news">hands-on with both the Bluetooth keyboard case and the MDR-NC31EM in-ears</a> - the only buds that&rsquo;ll work with the Z2 Tablet&rsquo;s clever digital noise-cancelling tech.</p> <p>The slim, metal case isn&rsquo;t quite a Transformer keyboard but it&rsquo;s tidy enough for the occasional typing sprint on the train. There&rsquo;s also a blocky speaker dock, remote control and mic available - and the Z2 Tablet will work with Sony&rsquo;s SmartBand when that shows up.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Tablet Z2 Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Xperia Z2 Tablet has all the right numbers - 1920, 801, 6000. That would be enough if it wasn&rsquo;t for the fact that tablets win big on criteria you can&rsquo;t put a number on - how they fit into your life, what they allow you to do that your phone&rsquo;s simply too small for.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sony&rsquo;s still got some way to go in packaging up its screen, performance and software expertise into more than a collection of brilliant components - a tablet with a real edge over its rivals. As it is the Z2 Tablet is a great movie machine, but a tablet costing this much needs to do more, and it&rsquo;s out-worked and out-played by iPads, Samsungs and Transformers.&nbsp;</p> <p>Having said all that, the single-minded approach to media consumption will appeal to many, as will the all-day battery life and waterproof construction, and there&rsquo;s absolutely nothing wrong with that.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/tablets/top-ten">The top ten tablets in the world according to Stuff&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A solid Sony with a brilliant screen " alt="A solid Sony with a brilliant screen " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-themes.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A solid Sony with a brilliant screen, this waterproof tab just doesn&rsquo;t have the edge over rival Androids </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s so sleek, you can&#039;t keep your eyes and hands off it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-main-apps-drawer_0.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/review#comments Android Sony Tablets Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:36:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1434962 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy Tab4 tablet range: thinner and lighter than ever http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-tab4-tablet-range-thinner-and-lighter-ever/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10.1in, 8in and 7in models are almost iPad-skinny, and specced for a mainstream audience </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Tab4 10.1" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab4 tablet range: thinner and lighter than ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-tab4-10-1.jpg?1396617425" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung today unveiled its fourth generation of new Galaxy Tab models, dubbing the three-model range &ldquo;Tab4&rdquo;.</p> <p>All the slates run Android 4.4 KitKat and are built with portability in mind, but don&rsquo;t exactly reach for the stars when it comes to specifications. Although we don&rsquo;t have pricing information yet, we&rsquo;d bet our mortgages on the Tab4 range being pitched on the affordable side. Samsung&rsquo;s Galaxy TabPro models are the powerhouse flagships, while these sit comfortably in the midrange.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Second comes the Samsung Galaxy Tab4 8.0 with &ndash; yep, you guessed it &ndash; an 8in screen with the same WXGA 1280 x 800 resolution. In fact, it offers much the same specifications as the Tab4 10.1 &ndash; same CPU, memory, cameras etc. &ndash; albeit in a smaller body measuring 124 x 210 x 7.95mm and weighing 320g. It also comes only in one edition, offering both 4G LTE and Wi-Fi.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Tab4 8.0" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab4 tablet range: thinner and lighter than ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-tab4-8.jpg?1396617425" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Last and least is the Samsung Galaxy Tab4 7.0, which comes with similar specs (1280 x 800 7in screen, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB RAM) but two different storage options: 8GB or 16GB. It also comes in 4G/Wi-Fi and 3G/Wi-Fi editions.</p> <p>All three models come in black or white, with textured back covers that do away with the stitched leather look of the TabPro tablets. Samsung says they&rsquo;ll be on sale globally from the beginning of Q2 2014, which means any day now. We&rsquo;ll update this story with prices when we get them.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84/review">Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Tab4 7.0" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab4 7.0" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-tab4-7.jpg?1396617425" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-tab4-tablet-range-thinner-and-lighter-ever/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-tab4-tablet-range-thinner-and-lighter-ever/news#comments Android Samsung Tablets Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:48:50 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1434691 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1: the weigh-in http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-vs-samsung-galaxy-tabpro-101-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Two top-spec Android tablets - but which one are we most excited by? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1: the weigh-in" alt="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sony-xperia-z2-tablet-versus-samsung-galaxy-tab-pro-10.1-001.jpg?1396337664" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A new wave of Android tablets are on the horizon, offering super-high-res screens and more processing oomph than you can shake a Google-powered stick at.</p> <p>We&#39;ll be testing two of them - the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/mwc-2014/sony-xperia-tablet-z2-castor-specs-leak-ahead-mwc-2014/news" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet</a> and the Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1 - very soon, but before we do so, here&#39;s how they stack up against each in pure spec terms.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both the Sony and the Samsung are built around a 10.1in screen, but the Galaxy TabPro 10.1 lands an early blow with a resolution of 2560x1600 to the Xperia Z2 Tablet&#39;s 1920x1080. That gives the Samsung a pixel density of 299ppi, whereas the Sony lags behind with a ppi of 224. Or, to put it another way,&nbsp;the Samsung squeezes in 77.7% more pixels than its rival.</p> <p>Of course there&#39;s more to a screen than just pixels alone, and the Xperia Z2 Tablet aims to make up for its slight resolution deficit with a raft of display-enhancing tricks: you get &#39;Live Colour LED&#39; for (supposedly) rich colours, IPS tech for improved viewing angles, &#39;Triluminos&#39; for better lighting and &#39;X-Reality&#39; for sharper images. Frankly, it should also win an award for stupidly named technologies.&nbsp;</p> <p>In our hands-on time with it we were fairly impressed by it though, so while the Galaxy TabPro 10.1 is the clear winner on the numbers alone, we&#39;ll have to reserve judgement on the real-world performance until we&#39;ve tried them both side-by-side.</p> <p><strong>KEY SPECS</strong></p> <p><strong>Sony</strong> 10.1in, 1920x1200 pixels (224ppi)</p> <p><strong>Samsung</strong> 10.1in, 2560x1600 pixels (299ppi)</p> <p><strong>Winner</strong> undeclared for now</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="843" title="The Xperia Z2 Tablet comes packed with screen-enhancing tech" alt="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-screen_1.jpg?1396337664" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The Galaxy TabPro 10.1 has a super-high-res screen" alt="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SamsungGalaxyTabPro-1_0.jpeg?1396337664" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is an interesting one. The Sony and Samsung tablets each have a very desireable processor but they&#39;re quite different in their approaches. The Xperia Z2 Tablet is driven by a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor running at a rate of 2.3GHz, assisted by Adreno 330 graphics hardware. The Galaxy TabP 10.1 uses an Exynos 5 Octa processor, which is made up of two quad-core sections, one running at 1.9GHz and the other at 1.3GHz.</p> <p>To simplify that, the Sony has fewer cores but higher processing speeds. Higher processing speeds would be evident in situations where the device was working mainly on a single, intensive job, such as photo editing, or some hardcore music or video processing. However, the Samsung&#39;s additional cores should see improved performance where a number of tasks are being carried out simultaneously (perhaps when there are various apps and widgets open at the same time). Different cores can pick up different tasks and deal with them independently without creating bottlenecks with other jobs in hand &ndash; something that will come in very useful for the TabPro&#39;s &#39;Magazine UX&#39; interface (see below).</p> <p>There are other factors that will affect the overall performance of the two tablets, one of which is the operating system and the tweaks that have been made it by Sony and Samsung for their own tablets. This isn&#39;t a category we can call on numbers alone, so for the time being we&#39;ll have to sit on the fence and give you an update as soon as we can run full back-to-back tests.</p> <p><strong>POWER SPECS</strong></p> <p><strong>Sony</strong> 2.3 GHz Qualcomm 801 quad-core with Adreno 330 graphics</p> <p><strong>Samsung</strong> Exynos 5 Octa (1.9GHz quad-core + 1.3 GHz quad-core)</p> <p><strong>Winner: </strong>undeclared for now</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Inside the Xperia Z2 Tablet there&#039;s a Snapdragon 801 processor" alt="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20Xperia%20Z2%20Tablet_0.jpg?1396337664" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The TabPro 10.1 has an octa-core processor" alt="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SamsungGalaxyTabPro-2.jpeg?1396337664" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This would appear to be almost a dead heat but as we know, there&#39;s more to a camera than its megapixel rating. The Sony adds 0.1 to the megapixel count of the Samsung&#39;s rear camera, both of which are capable of shooting 1080p video. However unfashionable that might be, it&#39;s a real asset when you need it.</p> <p>Around the front there&#39;s a 2.2MP snapper on the Sony and a 2MP camera on the Samsung. Exactly how bloated and spotty these make you look during video calls remains to be seen, so for now we&#39;ll call this one a tentative draw with an update to follow once we&#39;ve tested them both for real.</p> <p><strong>CAMERA SPECS</strong></p> <p><strong>Sony</strong> 8.1MP (rear), 2.2MP (front)</p> <p><strong>Samsung</strong> 8MP (rear), 2MP (front)</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> draw</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Sony Z2 has a front-facing 2.2MP camera" alt="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-xperia-z2-tablet-versus-samsung-galaxy-tab-pro-10.1-002.jpg?1396337664" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Round the back of the TabPro there&#039;s an 8MP snapper" alt="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SamsungGalaxyTabPro-3.jpg?1396337664" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OS, apps and interface </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, they&#39;re both running Android 4.4 KitKat, but in use the Sony and Samsung are likely to be rather different. For a start, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is waterproof, so you&#39;ll be able to immerse yourself in console-style 3D gaming or a good ebook as you immerse yourself in a deep bath. The Sony also hooks up neatly with a wireless PlayStation controller for hardcore gaming potential.</p> <p>The TabPro 10.1 doesn&#39;t take well to the wet stuff, but it comes with Samsung&#39;s own OS mods and apps, including an interesting &#39;Magazine UX&#39; which carves up the home screen into a number of windows and widgets. You&#39;ll also be able to take advantage of features such as split-screen multi-tasking.</p> <p>However, the TabPro lacks the stylus that you get with Samsung&#39;s Note phablets and tablets, which is a shame as far as we&#39;re concerned. Overall, we&#39;re going to give this round to the Sony by a wafer-thin margain.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong>&nbsp;Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z2-sirius/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z2 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="You can use a PlayStation controller with the Z2 Tablet" alt="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-main_2_0.jpg?1396337664" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The TabPro 10.1 is a dab-hand at multi-tasking" alt="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/GalaxyTabProUX.jpg?1396337664" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Each of these tablets has a lot going for it. The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet throbs with the power of the latest Snapdragon 801 processor, and won&#39;t miss a step if you take it in the shower with you. Er, not that there&#39;s any reason for you to do so.</p> <p>The Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1, meanwhile, has a pin-sharp 299ppi screen and multi-tasking-friendly octa-core innards.</p> <p>All in all, it&#39;s one of the closest weigh-ins we&#39;ve ever presided over. And that&#39;s why we&#39;ll be reviewing them both in the near future.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best tablets in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-vs-samsung-galaxy-tabpro-101-weigh/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-vs-samsung-galaxy-tabpro-101-weigh/feature#comments Samsung Sony Tablets Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:24:04 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1434634 at http://www.stuff.tv Split camera sensors could spell thinner future iPhones http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/split-camera-sensors-could-spell-thinner-future-iphones/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple files a new patent that slices the camera in two to save space </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="910" height="683" title="Apple iPhone 6 render" alt="Apple iPhone 6 render" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-6-render_1.jpg?1395798986" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A new patent recently filed by Apple proposes a clever way to slim down future editions of the iPhone: a split-sensor camera.</p> <p>The patent, entitled &ldquo;Electronic device with two image sensors&rdquo; describes a camera in which the image sensor has been divided into two separate parts. One of these sensors captures brightness (or luma) data while the other captures colour (or chroma) data. The device then combines the luma and chroma information together using software to create the final image.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple claims that this split brings with it two significant advantages over the current single sensor camera setup used by smartphones. The first is that each of the two sensors is thinner than the comparable single sensor able to capture both luma and chroma data, which means that phones and tablets themselves can be made thinner. The second is an improved signal-to-noise ratio that spells cleaner-looking images.</p> <p>We&rsquo;d be surprised if this split-sensor technology is used in the next iPhone (the iPhone 6, if it&rsquo;s indeed called that, is probably only a few months away), but it could certainly make its way into future iterations of Apple&rsquo;s smartphone, tablet and notebook products.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="660" height="396" title="Split-sensor camera on a laptop" alt="Split-sensor camera on a laptop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/0325-patents-1.jpg?1395798986" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Adaptive security profiles </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But that isn&rsquo;t the only interesting patent filed by the boys and girls from Cupertino recently. A second application entitled &ldquo;Electronic devices having adaptive security profiles and methods for selecting the same&rdquo; (rolls right off the tongue, doesn&rsquo;t it?) is almost as interesting.</p> <p>This document describes iPhone and iPad security measures that can will change depending on location or data type. For instance, if you&rsquo;re at home your device might require a regular passcode to unlock, but if you&rsquo;re out and about a fingerprint scan might be necessary. Security levels could also be tailored to individual apps or types of data. Again, something to look out for in future Apple products.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/03/25/apple-exploring-split-cameras-for-thinner-iphones-location-based-security" target="_blank">AppleInsider</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="660" height="396" title="Adaptive security profiles" alt="Adaptive security profiles" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/0325-patents-2.jpg?1395798986" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/split-camera-sensors-could-spell-thinner-future-iphones/news#comments Apple Smartphones Tablets Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:25:48 +0000 Elissa Loi 1434309 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There’s more to small tablets than bargains but this bold Samsung tab doesn’t quite match the iPad Mini </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review" alt="Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84-review-main-image.png?1395716406" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Small Android tablets have an image problem. Thanks to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/tesco-hudl/review">Hudls</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/amazon/kindle-fire-hdx/review" target="_blank">Kindle Fires</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/google-nexus-7-2013/review" target="_blank">Nexus 7s</a>, everyone wants one on the cheap - RM400 seems about right, maybe RM800 if it&rsquo;s brilliant.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> That screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Software treats to gorge on </div> <div class="field-item odd"> MicroSD expansion to 64GB </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance niggles </div> <div class="field-item even"> Only so-so battery life </div> <div class="field-item odd"> No S Pen </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sky High PPI </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 1080p <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/google-nexus-7-2013/review" target="_blank">Nexus 7</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/amazon/kindle-fire-hdx/review" target="_blank">Kindle HDX</a> are far from low-res, but the TabPro embarrasses both these 7in tabs and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2/review" target="_blank">iPad Mini </a>with its 8.4in, sharper-than-sharp 2560x1600 screen.&nbsp;</p> <p>Text on webpages and in emails looks clean enough to eat your lunch off, which is little surprise given the 359ppi density and Samsung&rsquo;s sensible choice to ditch PenTile tech and the jagged fonts it produces.</p> <p>Detail when zooming around DSLR snaps onscreen is astonishing and viewing angles are equally lovely. Colours are vivid and punchy, too, without veering into supernatural territory. There are no screen modes to choose from, which is unusual for a Samsung tab but very welcome - a screen should look good without the need to faff.</p> <p>For watching movies, we still prefer the accurate picture of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2/review" target="_blank">Retina iPad Mini</a> - contrast is slightly better on the iPad and skintones look more natural. But this is the best screen we&rsquo;ve ever seen on a Samsung tablet.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review" alt="Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84-review-screen-1.png?1395716406" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review" alt="Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84-review-screen-2.png?1395716406" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Magazine and Multi Window Treats </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Like the iPad Mini, the extra screen space over 7in rivals turns the TabPro from a throwaway portable Netflix player to do-it-all device. In fact, the Samsung makes even better use of its inches than its Apple rival.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s space for two Google or Samsung apps to run at once, for a start. Simply swipe from the right of the screen to access the Multi Window feature. The TabPro&rsquo;s oddly tall ratio also translates to a widescreen ratio in landscape, which means movies play bigger than they do on the squatter iPad. Last but not least, Samsung&rsquo;s Magazine UX serves up image heavy, screen-filling tiles of email, news, calendar and social updates with Flipboard&rsquo;s help. Regular Android homescreens mean you won&rsquo;t get lost but it&rsquo;s a lovely showcase that just wouldn&rsquo;t work on a 7in tab.</p> <p>Pre-installed apps to get stuff done on the TabPro are just as streamlined as on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-notepro-122/review" target="_blank">Galaxy NotePro 12.2</a>. My Files makes searching for docs and images as simple as on a PC or Mac while eMeeting, webEx, Remote PC and Hancom Viewer (for Office docs) could all be lifesavers for business types in need of a back-up, portable work machine. KitKat features such as &ldquo;OK Google&rdquo; voice search in Google Now won&rsquo;t be found on most lesser tabs either.&nbsp;</p> <p>With plenty of free subscriptions also thrown in, it&rsquo;s a bold stab at seducing suits. But with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ms-office-finally-coming-ipad/news" target="_blank">Office for iPad rumoured for late March</a> and Win 8 tabs from Dell and Lenovo running full-fat programs, the TabPro&rsquo;s still not going to be the first choice for those looking for the best work device.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature" target="_blank">The 25 Best Free Apps for Android</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review" alt="Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84-review-multi-window-apps.png?1395716406" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review" alt="Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84-review-magazine-work.png?1395716406" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review" alt="Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84-review-multi-window.png?1395716406" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review" alt="Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84-review-business-apps.png?1395716406" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Samsung without an S Pen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is a TabPro, not a NotePro, and that means there&rsquo;s no S Pen stylus - and we wish there was. The 8.4in tablet is the perfect size for taking notes - in fact it&rsquo;s almost the exact size as many &lsquo;real&rsquo; notebooks. It&rsquo;s much lighter and easier to manage than bigger tabs that do get an S Pen. Seriously, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-notepro-122/review" target="_blank">NotePro 12.2</a>&nbsp;owners should look into installing an easel.</p> <p>If you want an 8in Samsung tablet with a built-in stylus you have to go back to 2013&rsquo;s plasticky, big-bezelled Galaxy Note 8.0, and no-one wants to do that. Trick missed.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Needs a Lick of Polish </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With sleeker styling than Samsung&rsquo;s old design DNA, the TabPro is more of an oversized <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 3</a> than a revamped <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-tab/samsung-launches-galaxy-tab-3-101in-and-8in-flavours/news" target="_blank">Galaxy Tab</a> with smaller bezels and a metal-look trim. Which would be fantastic if the faux-leather back felt as satisfyingly soft-touch as the Note 3&rsquo;s (it doesn&rsquo;t) or the TabPro was as solidly built as Samsung smartphones (it isn&rsquo;t).</p> <p>Again, the 8.4 comes ever-so-close to premium droid perfection, but while it&rsquo;s light at 331g and skinny at 7.2mm, it flexes in the middle. You wouldn&rsquo;t catch an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2/review" target="_blank">iPad Mini</a> doing that.</p> <p>The main advantage of the TabPro&rsquo;s build over an iPad Mini is that it&rsquo;s not as wide in portrait as the Apple tab, making the Samsung easier to grab one-handed. That could be a deal-breaker. If not, we&rsquo;d suggest plumping for a tablet that looks and feels worth every penny.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review" alt="Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84-review-build-1.png?1395716406" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review" alt="Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84-review-vs-ipad-mini.png?1395716406" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Makes the Snapdragon 800 look slow </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Throw balls at glowing pyramids in Smash Hit or tear up the racetrack in Asphalt 7 and the TabPro shines. Tap on a story in the Twitter &lsquo;Magazine&rsquo; tile or dare to stream a video and it can crumble.</p> <p>Unlike the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-notepro-122/review" target="_blank">NotePro 12.2</a> (which we tested with an octa-core Exynos chip and 3GB of RAM), the TabPro just isn&rsquo;t reliable enough. In use there are responsiveness issues, crashes here and there and a sometimes leisurely attitude to transitions and opening and closing apps.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a little surprising because the 8.4 posts a perfectly respectable AnTuTu score of 26405 (admittedly below the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S4</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Note 3</a>), but even Multi Window doesn&rsquo;t run quite as smoothly as elsewhere on the smaller Pro.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s far from unusable - downloads are fast, browsing is smooth and gaming, as we said, is hiccup-free. Just don&rsquo;t try to rush around Samsung&rsquo;s UI - it&rsquo;ll only end in tears.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review" alt="Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84-review-apps.png?1395716406" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review" alt="Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84-review-performance-1.png?1395716406" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review" alt="Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84-review-camera%5D.png?1395716406" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review" alt="Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84-review-camera-1.png?1395716406" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sound and Snapping </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The pair of stereo speakers on the bottom edge sound clear and can fill a regular-sized room, while the 2MP front-facer makes for bright video calls - something tablets such as the Tesco Hudl just can&rsquo;t manage.</p> <p>The 8MP main camera is as capable as you could hope a tablet snapper to be. Auto focus is nippy, it captures bags of detail and accurate colours, and although low-light shots don&rsquo;t match the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S4</a>, &lsquo;processing&rsquo; is quick and shots are usable.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Missing Smartphone Stamina </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Put another check in the &lsquo;close but not quite&rsquo; column. Pushing 4 million pixels around is always going to be draining and the TabPro 8.4 can&rsquo;t do it for very long. In our video rundown test (HD movie, half brightness, Wi-Fi on), the 8.4 lasts 7 hours 35 minutes - almost two hours less than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2/review" target="_blank">iPad Mini with Retina display.</a></p> <p>Standby doesn&rsquo;t fill us with confidence either, dropping 20% from mid-evening to mid-morning the next day. Over an afternoon of gaming, working and Netflix, it can even drop a panic-inducing 50%. This isn&rsquo;t a tablet designed for light use and we&rsquo;d like to see the battery life to back up its power user potential.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review" alt="Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84-review-battery-1.png?1395716406" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In a world of cheapo-tabs, this slate has to go some way to convince gadgeteers that it&rsquo;s worth the extra spend. On paper the TabPro is just about there - it&rsquo;s got an amazingly sharp screen, is stuffed full of classy components, genuinely useful apps and wins over media hoarders with its microSD storage.</p> <p>But the basics also need to be taken care of - a sturdy, swoon-worthy build, stutter-free performance, and superb battery life - and it&rsquo;s here that the TabPro 8.4 falls short.</p> <p>This 8.4in Samsung tab is still a cut above most Android tablets, but it doesn&rsquo;t trouble the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2/review" target="_blank">iPad Mini</a>. It doesn&rsquo;t do quite enough to nudge the more reliable&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-pad-83/review" target="_blank">LG G Pad 8.3</a> out of our list of the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank"> best tablets you can buy </a>either.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Tablets in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review" alt="Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84-review-gallery.png?1395716406" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review" alt="Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84-review-microSD.png?1395716406" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Streamlined software and the sharpest screen on the planet make this more than Just Another Android - but that doesn&rsquo;t mean it&rsquo;s flawless</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84/review#comments Android Samsung Tablets Sun, 23 Mar 2014 13:00:22 +0000 Elissa Loi 1434175 at http://www.stuff.tv iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ipad-air-vs-ipad-4-vs-ipad-mini-2-retina-display/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don&#039;t know which model of iPad to buy? Read on and we&#039;ll tell you </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air vs iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display vs iPad 4" alt="Which iPad? Apple iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-ipad-air-mini-4-family-001.jpg?1395283489" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You want the world&#39;s best tablet. Great! But which one of the world&#39;s best tablets is actually the best?</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PRICE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Mini Retina is the cheapest of the three, as you&#39;d expect, with the 16GB Wi-Fi version going for a mere RM1279. But with the same model iPad 4 now selling for RM1199, that&#39;s RM70 for a whole lot more screen space. The iPad Air, meanwhile, will set you back a fair whack more: RM1599 for the equivalent model.</p> <p>The iPad 4 is only available in the 16GB variety, but spec up the Mini Retina and Air and the percentage difference between them decreases. So while&nbsp;a 128GB cellular Mini is yours for RM2679, the same spec Air costs RM2999.</p> <p>Bearing in mind depreciation, the regular refreshment of the iPad range and the vulnerability of mobile hardware, it might be wise to think twice before you splash out more than RM2500 on a tablet. For our money, the 32GB and 64GB Wi-Fi variants offer comfortable levels of storage without excessive financial investment, but if you can manage with just 16GB, the iPad 4 is undoubtedly the best value iPad now available.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> iPad 4</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display" alt="Which iPad? Apple iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-001.jpg?1395283489" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air" alt="Which iPad? Apple iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-air-001.jpg?1395283489" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DESIGN AND BUILD </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display and iPad Air share the same external design DNA, inherited from the original iPad Mini. Now, the only apparent difference between the small and big iPads is the surface area. The Mini Retina has a 7.9in display while the Air&#39;s screen is 9.7in across the diagonal. Both are just 7.5mm thick.</p> <p>The poor old iPad 4 sticks with its relatively retro-looking and hefty build in comparison - it&#39;s 652g compared to the Air&#39;s svelte 469g. This is a tablet you might leave at home but it&#39;s still sturdy and perfectly finished.&nbsp;</p> <p>The wide black frame of the iPad 4 has been reduced substantially on the longer sides of the Air. Because it&#39;s much thinner than big iPads of yore, the Air no longer has to do the tapered edge trick, instead sporting a more squared-off edge, identical to the Mini Retina.</p> <p>Both the Air and Mini Retina are available in either &#39;Space Grey&#39; (with a black frame) or &#39;Silver&#39; (with a white frame), shrouded in a single-part aluminium case. The iPad 4 has to make do with the less exciting &#39;black&#39; or &#39;white&#39;, which is apt considering its similarly prosaic design.</p> <p>There&#39;s really nothing between the two newer tablets on this score. The iPad Mini is slightly more of a take-anywhere tablet due to its dinky size, but ultimately we&#39;ll call this one a tie.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> draw - iPad Mini with Retina and iPad Air&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ultimate-setup-apple-ipad-mini-retina-display/feature" target="_blank">The 10 best accessories for the Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ultimate-setup-apple-ipad-air/feature" target="_blank">The 11 best accessories for the Apple iPad Air</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display" alt="Which iPad? Apple iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-002.jpg?1395283489" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad 4" alt="Which iPad? Apple iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-4-001.jpg?1395283489" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SCREEN </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Three Retina display tablets but they&#39;re not identical. Between the iPad 4 and iPad Air, it&#39;s the same resolution and 9.7in size but there are small differences in colour and contrast. The Air&#39;s colours are very vivid - check out iOS 7 icons - and it&#39;s a slightly brighter, crisper screen.</p> <p>The Mini doesn&#39;t lag behind on pixel specs, sharing its 2048x1536 resolution with&nbsp;the two full-sized iPads. That&#39;s dense enough to make pixel edges invisible to most eyes on the iPad Air and iPad 4, but the Mini Retina beats that (for what it&#39;s worth) with an even greater pixel density due to its smaller screen size.</p> <p>The Mini&#39;s screen is excellent, but the Air has more accurate colour reproduction, with the Mini struggling with some hues, reds in particular. Even though that&#39;s not something you&#39;re likely to notice unless you have a trained eye, together with the increased display area it means the Air should be the first choice for anyone heavily into graphics or video work. Indoors it&#39;s quite practical and comfortable on any of the three to reduce the brightness slider by as much as 50%, which will help stretch out the already impressive battery life.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> iPad Air</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Everything you need to know about iPhone 6</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BATTERY LIFE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPad 4 has to find room for a pretty fat battery in order to drive its screen for ten hours, but somehow the Air has just as much stamina despite its slimmer chassis.&nbsp;Not only that, but it charges in less time too. In real terms that means it doesn&#39;t need a full night plugged into the mains to get back to 100%.</p> <p>In our real-life tests, the Air is averaging between one and two days before it needs rejuicing. The Mini Retina makes the same 10-hour battery life claims, which are realistic, but in our experience it doesn&#39;t quite match the two bigger models for real-world stamina.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> iPad Air</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ios-8/review" target="_blank">iOS 8 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air" alt="Which iPad? Apple iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-air-003.jpg?1395283489" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display" alt="Which iPad? Apple iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-004.jpg?1395283489" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> POWER AND SPECS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s another close fight here between the Mini and Air.&nbsp;</p> <p>Both have a 64-bit A7 processor, but the Air&#39;s is very slightly faster, running at 1.4GHz compared to the Mini&#39;s 1.3GHz. Both are powerful enough to keep apps and the OS running very smoothly most of the time. Elsewhere they&#39;re neck-and-neck with dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, the same cameras front and back (720p, 1.2MP and 1080p 5MP respectively), gyroscope, accelerometer and ambient light sensors in common.&nbsp;</p> <p>On paper, the iPad 4 trails both on account of its A6X chip, but don&#39;t let that put you off too much. Yes, it&nbsp;misses out on some 64-bit optimisation in apps, but it&#39;s otherwise just as fluid in use and frankly,&nbsp;we&#39;re yet to meet an unreliable iPad of any kind.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> draw - iPad Mini Retina and iPad Air&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/icheapskate-25-best-free-apps-iphone-and-ipad/feature" target="_blank">The 25 best free apps for iPad and iPhone</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> VERDICT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All three iPads have something to offer you, depending on your priorities.</p> <p>On price alone, it&#39;s a straight choice between the RM1279 Mini Retina and RM1199 iPad 4.&nbsp;If you don&#39;t intend to store much in the way of video and music, the 16GB of storage you&#39;ll get on either is just about enough to allow you to enjoy the world of iOS on a budget, and both have lovely Retina screens and plenty of power. Deciding between them is pretty much a simple case of do you need to travel light, or do you want the extra screen real estate you&#39;d get from the iPad 4.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you want the absolute best iPad you can get, however, with money no object, the iPad Air has to be the winner.&nbsp;</p> <p>The&nbsp;additional screen space it offers over the Mini Retina gives you the freedom to get the most out of the best apps, which is surely one of the main reasons you&#39;re looking at an iPad at all, while&nbsp;its added whiff of luxury will permeate your existence for a long time to come.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> iPad Air</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best tablets in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air" alt="Which iPad? Apple iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-air-004.jpg?1395283489" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ipad-air-vs-ipad-4-vs-ipad-mini-2-retina-display/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ipad-air-vs-ipad-4-vs-ipad-mini-2-retina-display/feature#comments Apple iPad 4 iPad Air iPad Mini 2 iPhone & iPad Tablets Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:33:06 +0000 Elissa Loi 1434011 at http://www.stuff.tv Video: Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 unboxing http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/video-samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84-unboxing/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You&#039;ve met the biggest member of TabPRO family – now say hello to the smallest </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Video: Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 unboxing" alt="Video: Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 unboxing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202014-03-19%20at%2015.12.42.png?1395277289" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3360670545001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3360670545001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/video-samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84-unboxing/video#comments Samsung Tablets Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:11:31 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1434001 at http://www.stuff.tv This British chip will revolutionise mobile graphics http://www.stuff.tv/my/british-chip-will-revolutionise-mobile-graphics/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PowerVR Wizard’s ray tracing skills will deliver “astonishing realism” on smartphones and tablets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="This British chip will revolutionise mobile graphics" alt="This British chip will revolutionise mobile graphics" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/powervr-ray-tracing.jpg?1395195657" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The world of smartphone and tablet gaming just got a teensy bit more exciting. OK, it got a lot more exciting, because a newly-announced chip is going to bring eye-poppingly realistic ray traced graphics to future mobile devices.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Standard rendering" alt="Standard rendering" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/standard-rendering.jpg?1395195657" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That means realistic reflections, refractions, shadows and DSLR-style short depth of field are a natural product of ray tracing&rsquo;s process, while other rendering methods have to expend huge amounts of computing power attempting to simulate them. The PowerVR Wizard can trace 300 million rays per second and 100 million dynamic triangles per second, and Imagination says that its ray tracing abilities are performed around 100 times more efficiently than on a standard GPU.</p> <p>You can see the difference between standard rasterised graphics and graphics that combine rasterisation and ray tracing in the pictures above.</p> <p>The efficiency is such, in fact, that the Wizard is entirely suitable for small, mobile devices (not that it won&rsquo;t be used in notebooks and the like too). Currently, achieving photorealistic visuals on a tablet or smartphone is unthinkable, but this chip could be a step in that direction. Matt Pharr, co-author of <em>Physically Based Rendering, from Theory to Implementation</em>, said, &ldquo;By making ray tracing available to all developers that use this platform, the Wizard architecture offers the possibility of a quantum leap forward in image quality in mobile interactive graphics applications.&rdquo;</p> <p>The PowerVR Wizard is available for licensing now, so expect to see it start appearing in mobile devices in the coming months.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Ray tracing and standard rendering together" alt="Ray tracing and standard rendering together" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/powervr-rendering.jpg?1395195657" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/british-chip-will-revolutionise-mobile-graphics/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/british-chip-will-revolutionise-mobile-graphics/news#comments Gaming Laptops Smartphones Tablets Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:37:25 +0000 Nigel Yap 1433932 at http://www.stuff.tv iPad 2 booted out of Apple Store, replaced by more expensive Retina model http://www.stuff.tv/my/ipad-2-booted-out-apple-store-replaced-more-expensive-retina-model/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No more budget iPad for you! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="iPad 2 booted out of Apple Store, replaced by more expensive Retina model " alt="iPad 2 booted out of Apple Store, replaced by more expensive Retina model " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ipad2_stuff.jpg?1395191073" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you were shopping today for an iPad 2, you might have noticed that it is gone from the Apple Store online.</p> <p>Which would explain the sudden dearth of iPad 2 accessories at official Apple distributors. Though you could possibly still find an iPad 2 at a retail front, the iPad 2 has been retired officially from Apple&#39;s online stores.</p> <p>Apple has instead replaced it with the iPad with Retina Display, keeping four iPad models to choose from: the iPad Air, iPad with Retina Display (or iPad 4), iPad Mini and iPad mini with Retina Display.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We will miss you, iPad 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the iPad 2 is by no means sleek or slim, it proved to be far better at battery life than the unfortunate iPad 3 with its heating issues. And at a much cheaper retail price than the iPad 3 and iPad Retina, the iPad 2 could still cope with most apps without breaking the bank.</p> <p>We are sad to say that the iPad Retina&#39;s cheapest (not by much) model comes only with 16GB of storage, which makes you think with the tiny price difference, you might as well get the Air instead.</p> <p>And that&#39;s how they get you, boys and girls.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad_retina_stuff.jpg?1395191073" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ipad-2-booted-out-apple-store-replaced-more-expensive-retina-model/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/ipad-2-booted-out-apple-store-replaced-more-expensive-retina-model/news#comments Apple iPad 2 iPad 4 Tablets Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:46:22 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1433888 at http://www.stuff.tv MS Office finally coming to iPad? http://www.stuff.tv/my/ms-office-finally-coming-ipad/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Well, it seems Microsoft is embracing iOS and Mac users with its iconic Office suite </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="MS Office finally coming to iPad?" alt="MS Office finally coming to iPad?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ipad_01_stuff.jpg?1395191296" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Mark March 27 as the end times as Microsoft is likely to announce Microsoft Office for iPad.</p> <p>Satya Nadella, Microsoft&#39;s new chief executive is due to speak about the company&#39;s &#39;intersection of cloud and mobile&#39;.</p> <p>All clues point to Microsoft&#39;s steady cash cow being adapted for Apple&#39;s hot-selling tablet, with similar plans to the current Office for PC and the cloud.</p> <p>This will be Nadella&#39;s first big press appearance so all eyes will be on him in San Francisco, to see if he matches up to his legendary predecessors Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft Cloud meets iOS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s high time Microsoft gets in on the action that Google has, with its purchase of QuickOffice and making it freely accessible across tablets of all platforms. By embracing the Mac faithful, as it has by creating MS One Note for the Mac, Microsoft stands to make a lot more money if the sheer numbers of iPad owners are taken into account.</p> <p>But how will Apple respond to the serious competition to its iWork suite? We&#39;ll just have to see if Microsoft brings more to the iOS table than it has for a while now.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/enterprise/387658/office-for-ipad-release-date-set-for-27-march">PCPro</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ms365_stuff.jpg?1395191296" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/ms-office-finally-coming-ipad/news#comments Apple Apps and Games Microsoft Tablets Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:16:11 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1433873 at http://www.stuff.tv Video: Huawei MediaPad X1 hands-on review http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/mwc-2014/video-huawei-mediapad-x1-hands-review/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Part phone, part tablet – Huawei’s hoping to go up against the likes of the Nexus 7 with its MediaPad X1 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Video: Huawei MediaPad X1 hands-on review " alt="Video: Huawei MediaPad X1 hands-on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202014-03-17%20at%2015.47.09.png?1395101171" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3352155383001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3352155383001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/mwc-2014/video-huawei-mediapad-x1-hands-review/video#comments Android Huawei MWC 2014 Tablets Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:08:45 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1433838 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-note-101-2014/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A do-it-all tablet with a gloriously hi-res screen, the Note 10.1 is Samsung’s best tablet yet [updated with video] </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) review" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-2014-review-extras.JPG?1394941964" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Android fans are still waiting for a tablet to take on the full-sized <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">iPad</a> and win.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s an order that&rsquo;s always getting taller - developers still favour the iPad when making and optimising gorgeous tablet apps, and a skinny, near-perfect <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">iPad Air</a> is convincing existing Apple tab users to upgrade. So is it even possible?</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM2,299.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> with Wi-Fi and LTE </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dynamite display </div> <div class="field-item even"> S Pen tricks are genuinely useful, as is Multi Window </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Magazine UX is a beaut </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Not as nice an object as the iPad </div> <div class="field-item even"> Google Play lags behind App Store for creative apps </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Day-to-day performance disappoints </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More Pixels </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Note 10.1 2014 edition&rsquo;s battle cry goes a bit like this: I have four times the number of pixels as my <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-note-101/samsung-galaxy-note-101/review" target="_blank">predecessor</a> - hear me roar!</p> <p>That&rsquo;s thanks to an upgraded 2560 x 1600 screen, which is an even higher resolution than the holiest of holies, the iPad Air, and one of the highest Droid pixel counts in existence, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/asus-transformer-pad-tf701t/review" target="_blank">equalling Asus&rsquo; latest Transformer</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/tablets" target="_blank">all of the latest Stuff.tv tablet news and reviews</a></strong></p> <p>If tablet battles were decided on displays alone, the Note 10.1 2014 edition would be puffing its chest out with confidence by now.</p> <p>The fonts on <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my" target="_blank">Stuff.tv</a> appear as pin-sharp as the witty prose (what do you mean you&#39;ve never heard of it?), and colours don&rsquo;t stray too far off-hue when viewed off-axis. The beamtastic, blink-inducing 10.1in screen can&rsquo;t be faulted on brightness either. This is a great choice for loading up your tab with hi-res DSLR shots as it picks up slightly more detail than the iPad.</p> <p>For everything else, make sure to get to know the &lsquo;screen modes&rsquo; section of the settings menu. Movie mode is best for movies (who would&rsquo;ve thought?) with a similarly natural colour palette to iDevices - but in this mode webpages look like fancy, cream-coloured letters next to the stock, pure white printing paper of the iPad. Switch back to Standard mode for browsing and contrast improves with bold black text popping as it should.</p> <p>The iPad just about has the edge when playing back 1080p footage, both in terms of smoothness of playback and sharpness of picture. The fact that you don&#39;t need to change screen mode to get the most of it is a big bonus, too,&nbsp;but overall the Note 10.1 still has a cracker of a screen - one of the best we&rsquo;ve ever seen on a 10in tablet.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3255117251001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3255117251001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) review" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-review-screen-image.JPG?1394941964" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The S Pen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The screen is undoubtedly the 2014 Note 10.1&rsquo;s biggest upgrade over last year&rsquo;s model, but the S Pen should not be forgotten. A pull-out pen located in the top right-hand corner of the tab, it&rsquo;s more responsive than the first iteration and the Note 10.1 has borrowed plenty of clever new tricks from the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Note 3</a>.</p> <p>Air Command menus (which are accessed by dragging the stylus in a circle) can be a bit confusing at first, but stick with the S Pen and the rewards are vast.</p> <p>Circling web bits and bobs with the S Pen to send to the Scrapbook is more satisfying than using apps such as <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ideashower.readitlater.pro" target="_blank">Pocket</a>. And saving hand-scrawled numbers to contacts saves time via Action Memo&rsquo;s nifty menu of places to send your scribbles. It&rsquo;s also mighty impressive that handwritten notes are included in the Note 10.1&rsquo;s universal search.</p> <p>The S Note app has a clean new interface, too, and although 10in is a little on the large side for a meeting companion, resting the Note 10.1 on a knee and jotting away with the stylus works well. It beats typing on a 10in tablet virtual keyboard, that&rsquo;s for sure.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) review" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-review-S-Pen-slot.JPG?1394941964" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) review" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-review-air-command.JPG?1394941964" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) review" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/review-s-pen-s-note.JPG?1394941964" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) review" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-review-s-pen-options.JPG?1394941964" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Extras </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are plenty of Samsung features and freebies on the Note 10.1 and the new UI takes glancing at your tablet for a quick hit of social or news updates to whole new levels.</p> <p>Its Magazine UX - laid over Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and expanded on the new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-note-pro-122/review" target="_blank">NotePro</a> at CES - is seriously lovely, with a big, bold version of <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=flipboard.app&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Flipboard</a> to swipe through. It&rsquo;s all very lively - there are scrollable widgets on the homescreen, including a specially modified version of Twitter and the digital edition of <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bloomberg.android.tablet" target="_blank">Bloomberg&rsquo;s Businessweek+</a>, free for a year.</p> <p>The other star attraction here is still Multi Window for splitscreen apps. Your iPad can&rsquo;t do that. It works much better this time around &nbsp;- the old Note 10.1 was simply too hiccupy to forgive. It&rsquo;s still restricted to mostly Samsung and Google apps but the likes of email, maps and the browser are what you&rsquo;re most likely to want to run side-by-side anyway.</p> <p>Sadly, it still feels somewhat cluttered thanks to too much duplication - Samsung Hub and Samsung Apps widgets on top of the Play Store, Play Music and other Google options. There are doubled-up apps for email and photos, too. We&rsquo;d recommend that tablet newbies stick to Google&rsquo;s services where possible. Still, without downloading a single app you&rsquo;ve got the most glanceable, all-singing, all-dancing homescreen around.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) review" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-review-homescreen.JPG?1394941964" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) review" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/review-flipboard-magazine-ux.JPG?1394941964" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big Resolution, Big Battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Our usual battery rundown test takes a 720p video on a loop, but we thought we&rsquo;d test the Note 10.1 2014 with a 1080p clip since it has that 2560x1600 resolution and, er, we were curious.</p> <p>The Samsung lasted a decent 4hrs45mins on half-brightness and with Wi-Fi on. That&rsquo;s two whole Full HD movies with juice to spare, and we also got 9 to 10 hours of regular browsing out of the Note 10.1. Bravo, chaps.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) review" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-review-battery-life.JPG?1394941964" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The 10in Android App Question </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The good news is that 10in Android tablets now fare much better in terms of essential apps than they did this time last year. Apps such as <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.duolingo&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">DuoLingo</a>&nbsp;and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.philips.lighting.hue&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Philips Hue</a> all look great and run well.&nbsp;The Note 10.1 isn&rsquo;t compatible yet but most Samsung devices already are so it should only be a matter of time.</p> <p>Games are much more evenly spread across the App Store and Google Play now, too, from big names such as <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gameloft.android.ANMP.GloftA8HM&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Asphalt</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rockstargames.gtasa&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">GTA</a> to more unusual indie fare such as adorable endless-flapper <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.frogmind.badland&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Badland</a>, which landed on Android in December.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/android-apps" target="_blank">all the latest essential Android apps</a></strong></p> <p>But there&rsquo;s bad news, too. When it comes to optimised creative apps it&rsquo;s still very much the iPad&rsquo;s game. Innovative music, photography and moviemaking apps all tend to head to the iPad first and that doesn&rsquo;t look set to change any time soon -&nbsp;Traktor DJ, TuneTrace, Vyclone and Dubble are all still iOS-only. Console yourself with the pre-installed Autodesk Sketchbook.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) review" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/review-10in-app-question.JPG?1394941964" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wanted - a 10in Galaxy Note 3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Another problem for otherwise glorious devices such as the Note 10.1 2014 is that Samsung&rsquo;s tablets still don&rsquo;t perform as well as its smartphones. That&rsquo;s not to say the 1.9GHz Exynos silicon does a bad job, we just expected more.</p> <p>More than once we ended up jabbing at icons or buttons, expecting them to open instantly as on a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 3</a> smartphone, but with no luck. And as we set a tonne of Android apps downloading to the tab at once, the shiny widgets on the main homescreen flickered and entered a reload loop meltdown just short of a full crash.</p> <p>In terms of benchmarks, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.primatelabs.geekbench3&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Geekbench 3</a> gives it 2871, which, while high, is beaten by Samsung&rsquo;s own phones. And on <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.antutu.ABenchMark&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">AnTuTu</a> it trails the Note 3&rsquo;s score of 34652 with a still impressive 31974, but after performing well, the Note 10.1 promptly crashed as we closed the benchmarking app - an experience that paints a picture of software hobbling hardware.</p> <p>The Note 10.1 experience can be fluid. Hiccups are far from constant and intensive tasks are actually the least of the tab&rsquo;s worries. It chews through demanding games like a croc through soft fudge. But there&rsquo;s room for improvement and we hope software updates will provide this.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hell For Fake Leather </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We said the Samsung competes with the iPad on brains, not beauty. And no surprises here - this Samsung&rsquo;s not a patch on a Cupertino build. It&rsquo;s not quite as solid as an iPad, in that it creaks a little in the middle, and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">iPad Air</a> is both skinnier and lighter to boot.</p> <p>That said, the bezels help to make the Note 10.1 2014 look less odd than most 16:9 tablets in portrait mode. Combined with the new UI, this makes it feel more like reading a magazine - it&rsquo;s a lovely size and shape for lazily swiping through web stories.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-note-101-2014/gallery?viewid=110365">CHECK OUT OUR FULL SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 10.1 (2014) GALLERY HERE</a></strong></p> <p>From the front the Note 10.1 2014 looks like any other Samsung tablet - glossy, white and plastic. Round the back, there&rsquo;s a &lsquo;treat&rsquo; in the form of the fake leather and stitching rear panel, most recently found on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Note 3</a>. In white it looks tacky, in black more forgiveable, but it adds nothing to make the Note 10.1 feel more like a premium device. When resting the tablet on your lap or knee it does feel more like a cover or case-clad tablet so it&rsquo;s slightly more comfortable.</p> <p>On each side of the tablet you&rsquo;ll find lenses, and they&rsquo;re actually fairly capable by tablet standards. The 8MP rear camera, with AF and an LED flash, takes detailed, well-exposed shots when needed (hopefully not often), while the 2MP front-facer is perfectly suitable for clear Skype chats.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) review" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-review-build-1.JPG?1394941964" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Note 10.1 2014 can do everything you want a tablet to do - plus ten other impossible things you&rsquo;re not sure you needed it to.</p> <p>More clever than an iPad, with a better screen than nearly every other Android tablet and with microSD expandability, this is a lean, mean full-sized tablet from Samsung. S Pen notation, a Flipboard invasion, Multi Window - all big wins that will be copied by many a rival in the months ahead.</p> <p>And in six months time, this could be a five-star tab. Improvements to the day-to-day performance are vital, and those could be implemented through firmware. A stampede of creative tablet apps onto Google Play would help a great deal, too.</p> <p>Of course, it could be too late by then, as the inexorable tablet tide continues to wash dreamy Droid devices onto our shores with blink-and-you&rsquo;ll-miss-it regularity, but the potential is there. In fact, we&rsquo;d say this is Samsung&rsquo;s best tablet yet. It&#39;s just a shame that that&#39;s still not quite good enough to dethrone the mighty iPad.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Tablets in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) review" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1r-review-verdict.JPG?1394941964" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A clever, feature-packed slate with a gorgeous screen, the Note 10.1 is Samsung&rsquo;s best ever tablet, but niggles keep it behind the iPad</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Undoubtedly the best Samsung tablet yet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-2014-review-extras_1.JPG?1394941959" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-note-101-2014/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-note-101-2014/review#comments Android Galaxy Note 10.1 Samsung Tablets Sat, 15 Mar 2014 12:12:24 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1431547 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft Surface 2 available in Malaysia from 14th March, starting from RM1399 http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-surface-2-available-malaysia-14th-march/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sure took Microsoft long enough to bring the Windows tablet here. Better late than never </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Microsoft Surface 2 available in Malaysia from 14th March, starting from RM1399" alt="Microsoft Surface 2 available in Malaysia from 14th March, starting from RM1399" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Microsoft%20Surface%202.jpg?1394689744" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-647307df-70a1-4cba-09d5-662fbabd1797">Microsoft&rsquo;s Surface 2 is finally landing in Malaysia from 14th March. We almost gave up hope on ever seeing it here since it was announced and launched four months ago.</p> <p dir="ltr">The successor to Microsoft&rsquo;s first in-house Windows tablet is loaded with the latest Windows 8.1 RT. Yes, RT, so you&rsquo;re going to hit some roadblocks again with some of your favourite apps that refuse to run on RT.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-surface-2-available-malaysia-14th-march/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-surface-2-available-malaysia-14th-march/news#comments Microsoft Surface Tablets Windows Thu, 13 Mar 2014 01:00:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1432960 at http://www.stuff.tv Two, four, six, eight: how many cores does your phone actually need? http://www.stuff.tv/my/two-four-six-eight-how-many-cores-does-your-phone-need/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You might think octa-core processor twice as powerful as a quad-core processor – but you&#039;d be wrong </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Two, four, six, eight: how many cores does your phone need?" alt="Two, four, six, eight: how many cores does your phone need?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-exynos.jpg?1394679221" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the lesser reported trends of the annual <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/mwc-2014/mwc-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature">Mobile World Congress</a> gadget and phone fest, which took place a couple of weeks ago, is that four cores will soon no longer be enough for today&#39;s discerning mobile phone handset. Apparently.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/adamoxford" title="View user profile.">Adam Oxford</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Eight cores? Bet Samsung&#39;s glad it got in there first then, with its octa-core Galaxy S4?</strong></p> <p>Maybe. But that was a year ago. The new 2014 flagship from the Koreans &ndash; the Galaxy S5 &ndash; is strictly four cores only.</p> <p><strong>Core blimey! Isn&#39;t that a bit retrograde?</strong></p> <p>Not necessarily. But to explain why we&#39;re going to need to step back a bit. Even counting cores is complex. Eight doesn&#39;t always mean eight, for example. Even in desktop computers it&#39;s rare to find a true eight core CPU. AMD&#39;s octa-core chips, for example, share certain resources in pairs, making them more like four-cores-plus-a-bit. Intel, meanwhile, sticks with making its four core chips <em>look</em> like eight core ones with Hyperthreading.</p> <p><strong>Hyperwhatting?</strong></p> <p>It&#39;s an Intel term which loosely translates as being able to run two threads on one core at the same time, by fooling your operating system into seeing both the &#39;real&#39; core and a virtual one next to it, thus issuing instructions for double the number of threads it thinks it should.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S4" alt="Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s4_0.jpg?1394679221" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Nope. Still lost me. What&#39;s sewing got to do with this?</strong></p> <p>The key advantage of multicore processors is that they can work on more than one &#39;thread&#39; at a time. Imagine <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/thief/review"><em>Thief</em></a> as a great big checked picnic blanket of computer code. It looks like one piece of software, but actually it&#39;s split up into smaller independent blocks of colour, which might represent all the different programs which actually make up the game. Green for graphics, blue for artificial intelligence, red for the rivers of blood made possible by the physics engine and so on. In turn, these are made up of hundreds of subroutines or threads, all pulling together.</p> <p><strong><em>Thief</em> is a picnic blanket you say? Explains why it has so many bugs.</strong></p> <p>You&#39;re catching on. In ye olden days, a CPU had one &#39;core&#39; &ndash; or &#39;execution engine&#39; - which was capable of performing maths on a single thread at a time. So if it had to compute a value for each of those threads in the big <em>Thief</em> blanket for every frame, it would take a long time.</p> <p>Originally, this length of time was shortened by increasing clockspeeds. While only one thread could be managed at a time, you could still process three million of them or so a second, which for most purposes was enough.</p> <p>The problem is that the blankets got bigger and with more intricate designs faster than chip designers could keep up with faster clockspeeds. The faster a chip runs, the more power it consumes and the hotter it gets. Hot chips start to fail and make mistakes in their maths.</p> <p>This may be a slight oversimplification of how a computer works.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Thief" alt="Thief" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Thief_game_review_7_0.jpg?1394679221" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>I think you got carried away with the analogy there.</strong></p> <p>The point is that just over a decade ago, the PC industry moved to &#39;multicore&#39; chips: CPUs capable of processing two or four threads at a time. This is not only more efficient in terms of processing lots of threads, but generally speaking two smaller cores can do more work with less energy than one big hot core.</p> <p>Because of their size and constraints about how much heat they can generate and battery life they can consume, phones are even more limited by clockspeed than PCs were at this stage in their life. So adding extra cores to improve efficiency and get things done fast &ndash; like seamlessly switching between the phone dialler and Angry Birds, for example &ndash; is seen as crucial to making smartphones perform smoothly.</p> <p><strong>So eight core phones are awesome then?</strong></p> <p>Well, they would be - except that with the exception of the Goophone N3, which launched in India to some fanfare but no dramatic reviews late last year, there&#39;s not really been a proper eight core phone yet.</p> <p><strong>But what about the Samsung Galaxy S4?</strong></p> <p>There were two versions of it kicking around. One was a standard quad-core chip, the other was a &#39;big.LITTLE&#39; design.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Goophone N3" alt="Goophone N3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/goophone-n3.jpg?1394679221" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>big.LITTLE? No need to shout.</strong></p> <p>Quite. ARM did a lot of shouting a couple of years ago when big.LITTLE was announced. The idea is that you take a four core phone processor which has the latest and greatest technology inside capable of running the handset really fast, then you add a second set of four cores designed specifically for low power operations which take over when the big boys aren&#39;t needed.</p> <p>In theory, this should mean that when your phone is idling &ndash; waiting for calls or playing music &ndash; the LITTLE cores keep it ticking over with the bare minimum of power. When you want to play Minecraft, the &#39;big&#39; cores take over and do their work. Samsung market it as eight core, but only four are in use at any one time.</p> <p><strong>Sound like a genius idea.</strong></p> <p>It is. But in practice, it&#39;s not really worked out too well. Take that Samsung S4. The differences in battery life and performance between the two versions were negligible, if apparent at all. The quad-core model, on the other hand, had an LTE radio, which the octa-core didn&#39;t.</p> <p><strong>Which probably explains why there&#39;s no octa-core S5?</strong></p> <p>Exactly. Samsung&#39;s focused on just the one model this time, and opted for measurably faster internet over theoretically smarter performance. Not a terrible idea, really.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="ARM big.LITTLE" alt="ARM big.LITTLE" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/arm-big-little.jpg?1394679221" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>So four cores good, eight cores bad?</strong></p> <p>It&#39;s too early to say, really. Qualcomm&#39;s latest Snapdragon 610 and 615 chips have eight cutting edge A53 cores each, so they&#39;re genuine octa-core performers, while Mediatek&#39;s clever MT6595 has a big.LITTLE-style design with a unique twist: the four helper cores can be turned on with the four powerful cores for an extra processing power boost.</p> <p><strong>Now we&#39;re talking...</strong></p> <p>Except both are untested, as yet, so we don&#39;t really know how they&#39;ll perform. To make things worse, not many mobile phone apps are correctly optimised for multicore processors any way &ndash; so throwing more cores at them won&#39;t make them faster. After all, look at what Apple&#39;s doing with its software optimisations.</p> <p><strong>Let me guess, the iPhone 5s has 16 cores already?</strong></p> <p>Nope. Just two.</p> <p><strong>But it&#39;s so quick and silky and smooth!</strong></p> <p>Exactly.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/whats-all-fuss-about-64-bit-smartphones-iphone-5s-and-samsung-galaxy-s5-anyway/feature">What&#39;s all the fuss about 64-bit smartphones anyway?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Qualcomm Snapdragon" alt="Qualcomm Snapdragon" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/qualcomm.jpg?1394679221" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/two-four-six-eight-how-many-cores-does-your-phone-need/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/two-four-six-eight-how-many-cores-does-your-phone-need/feature#comments Smartphones Tablets Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:33:18 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1433652 at http://www.stuff.tv